About Israel

About Israel

Israel in Brief

Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed. 

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Fast Facts

  • Population8,412,000
  • CapitalJerusalem​
  • LanguagesHebrew, Arabic
  • Dialing Code+972​
  • CurrencyNew Israeli​ Shekel
  • Electricity230V / 50Hz​
  • PresidentReuven Rivlin
  • Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu​

National Symbols

  • Israel Flag

    The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David). ​ 

  • National Emblem

    The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah). The olive branches on either side represent Israel's yearning for peace. 

Birds of Israel 2016 Calendar

Spotlight on Israel

  • Arabic Language Day

    The study of Arabic is part of the core curriculum of the Israeli educational system, and is of extreme importance to the Jewish-Arab relationship.  

  • The Temple Mount: Background

    In recent years, Palestinian radicals have been trying to violate the status quo by preventing Christians and Jews from visiting the Temple Mount. Palestinian rioters are funded and led by radical Islamist elements.